Obama makes new gun law push as polls show waning support
March 28th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
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Obama makes new gun law push as polls show waning support

Washington (CNN) – With polls showing support for new gun legislation on the wane, President Barack Obama joined police officials and victims of gun violence Thursday to raise pressure on Congress to get something passed more than three months after the Newtown school massacre.

The president called on Congress to pass a package of gun laws coming up in the Senate, saying "none of these ideas should be controversial.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Attention sonny chapman: I'm not "afraid" of anything with the exception that knowing that if the government can erode rights guaranteed under the 2nd Ammendment, they can erode rights guaranteed under ANY of them. You should be "afraid" of that too.
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    The SCOTUS has already defined that your rights are not unrestricted, and that the government has a right to restrain them for the protection of the general welfare of the country. But, if you're all for allowing criminals to continue buying weapons and ammo form perfectly "law abiding citizens", then you need to seriously rethink your position. More than 90% of the country disagrees with it. If you truly believe in democracy, then you should let democracy run its' course.

    March 28, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. obama victim

    question for the libs...what other of your rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights are you willing to compromise??....

    March 28, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Donna

    lottie - Since when has the NRA become the voice of the people?
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    The voice of the people are the 100 MILLION gun owners in the USA. And they are sick and tired of being blamed, penalized and having their constitutional rights trampled with every time some insane criminal person does something bad.

    It came out that this shooter was spending countless hours playing violent video games. Where is the call to ban these games? Oh yeah, that is a constitutional right as well. Or how about requiring mentally insane people to be registered with the government for a do-not-buy list? Ooops, medical privacy. So you leftists simply want to attack others, that are NOT the cause of the problem, just to forward your far left political agenda.

    March 28, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Chris

    20 young kids' lives in the terrifying massacre are being forgotten in just few months' time. It only happens in this country where we all bow to the money, we are afraid to confront the truth and we don't think for ourselves. We failed for our next generation, again.

    March 28, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Ed1

    Obama and his buddies have just plain out lied to us they don't know the difference between an assault weapon and a semi-automatic weapon.

    The data doesn't support a ban on guns that are out there now and if you know anything about guns the people who are writing the laws don't have a clue as to what they are saying.

    The new gun ad by Bloomberg is also a joke I don't know anybody that's a hunter or knows anything about guns would ever have their finger on the trigger like the gun in the ad is doing must be a poor actor again he doesn't deserve a gun because he doesn't know a thing about gun safety.

    March 28, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. just sayin

    obama victim
    question for the libs...what other of your rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights are you willing to compromise??....
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    all of them... anything that interferes with their control of everything in your life is a obstacle to their agenda. free speech, religious freedom, property rights, privacy, you name it.

    March 28, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "More than 90% of the country disagrees with it. If you truly believe in democracy, then you should let democracy run its' course."
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    Unless it's the democracy that enacted Proposition 8 in CA, right?

    March 28, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Old white conservative gun owning male

    There was a time that I felt a gun for home protections wasn’t needed and as far as a tyrannical government, that never even entered my mind. Since the great Divider and Chief got into the White House, everybody hates everybody else, racism has been set back 50+ years, and they are talking about taking away many of the rights that were given to us by our founder. Ya, I own guns now and plan to buy more.

    March 28, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    obama victim

    question for the libs...what other of your rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights are you willing to compromise??....
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    Quetion for the right wing. What do criminals obtain their weapons?

    As to your question the 1st Amendment has any number of restrictions. Despite freedom of speech, you are not permitted to yell "FIRE" in a dark and crowded theater. "That was easy."

    March 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. ghostriter

    The longer this debate continues, the more I hear gun nuts use the same logic used against proponents of voter ID law changes.

    There's a reason we don't allow folks convicted of a violent crime access to weapons. Because it makes sense. Yet, I don't hear 2nd amendment folks screaming about their rights. Machine guns have been banned. Still, no screams.

    We as a country decide where the line gets drawn. Banning certain weapons is perfectly fine. Quit being such paranoid babies.

    March 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Unless it's the democracy that enacted Proposition 8 in CA, right?
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    Everyone is guaranted fair and equal protection under the Constitution. Conducting a referendum to allow the majority to decide the rights, priviliges and freedoms of the minority doesn't meet that definition. Had southern states conducted referendums sixty years ago to grant or deny "negroes" the right to vote, how do you think that would have turned out?

    March 28, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. guest

    pass "something" for democratic campaign 2016

    March 28, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    The data doesn't support a ban.....Since when are you guys concerned with data? Data showed that voting fraud happens about 0.001% of the time. Data shows the unemployment situation is better than it was 4 years ago. As well as the economy overall. Data showed that Romney was not gonna win. Data showed Romney lost well before conservatives could bring themselves to admit it.

    And now you wanna talk data.

    March 28, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "Everyone is guaranted fair and equal protection under the Constitution. Conducting a referendum to allow the majority to decide the rights, priviliges and freedoms of the minority doesn't meet that definition."
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    I thought you said you should allow democracy to run it's course? Only some times?

    March 28, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Donna

    Fair is Fair
    "More than 90% of the country disagrees with it. If you truly believe in democracy, then you should let democracy run its' course."
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    Unless it's the democracy that enacted Proposition 8 in CA, right?
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    Fair, you and I know they only believe in leftist style democracy, as in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    March 28, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Obama ALWAYS opposes the majority.

    March 28, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair:

    I thought you said you should allow democracy to run it's course? Only some times?
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    Don't act like you're dumb and ignorant. Read the rest of what you quoted for your answer.

    March 28, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    ghostriter

    The data doesn't support a ban.....Since when are you guys concerned with data? Data showed that voting fraud happens about 0.001%
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    I suppose if it's not YOUR vote being disenfranchised, you don't mind a .001% voting fraud rate.

    March 28, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Old white conservative gun owning male

    Rudy NYC
    As to your question the 1st Amendment has any number of restrictions. Despite freedom of speech, you are not permitted to yell "FIRE" in a dark and crowded theater. "That was easy."

    Now would that be a federal law or a state law? "That was easy"

    March 28, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Wilson

    Donna

    Fair is Fair
    "More than 90% of the country disagrees with it. If you truly believe in democracy, then you should let democracy run its' course."
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    Unless it's the democracy that enacted Proposition 8 in CA, right?
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    Fair, you and I know they only believe in leftist style democracy, as in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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    Welcome to the Peoples State of America.

    March 28, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Old white conservative gun owning male wrote:

    Rudy NYC
    As to your question the 1st Amendment has any number of restrictions. Despite freedom of speech, you are not permitted to yell "FIRE" in a dark and crowded theater. "That was easy."

    Now would that be a federal law or a state law? "That was easy"
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    Those would be state laws, of course. But free speech is not commerce. Buying guns in one state and selling them in a state that prohibits them is interstate commerce, which the government can regulate. "That was way too easy."

    March 28, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. sonny chapman

    Fair: I'm not afraid of the landslide of losing my firearms(I'm a hunter) by Govt. confiscation, first bandied about in 1968. I'm also not afraid of being able to protect myself at home or in a vehicle because of a weapons or clip capacity law(a 20 gauge youth model shotgun w/buckshot & a 10 round pistol). I'm not afraid of a tyrannical Fed. Govt. oppressing me to the point of having to take up arms against my own military. I live in a relatively safe neighborhood. So Fair, what do you FEAR ?

    March 28, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Greg Smith

    @Nick – nobody is taking away your guns. Stop it with the childish rhetoric and come up with sensible suggestions on reducing gun violence. Oh yeah, and enforcing existing guns laws doesn't count because the NRA has successfully lobbied to prevent things from happening that would allow those laws to be enforced effectively. It is getting really annoying to hear nothing but paranoia prattle coming from the so called "guns rights advocates" instead of ideas on how to handle the gun violence. Would any of the ideas being discussed now have prevented Newtown or Aurora from happening? Probably not but they most certainly would reduce the number of gun deaths in the future.

    March 28, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    How come no gun rights advocate has yet to answer my question? From where to criminals get their guns? Please, do not say "the black market." We all know that they originate from "law abiding citizens" who purchase them legally.

    March 28, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @obama victim
    question for the libs...what other of your rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights are you willing to compromise??....

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    The only victims are those innocent killed by firearms ,
    When I listen to people such as yourself talk about rights , it's like debating rocks with a caveman.

    March 28, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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